ABC News releases first home video of Colorado shooter James Holmes
posted at 11:57 am on July 22, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
ABC News evidently believes that it and “investigative correspondent” Brian Rosshaven’t helped enough by airing their wholly unsubstantiated speculations that Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes might have been politically motivated. As a result of that irresponsible reporting, the other James Holmes—the one who was nowhere near the theater in Aurora on Friday when 12 people were shot to death but does happen to belong to a local chapter of the Tea Party—hasreceived threatening phone calls.
Nope. ABC News is back on the case, this time releasing exclusive home video of the 24-year-old doctoral candidate in neuroscience. And what does the video reveal? Feel free to watch it for yourself, but be warned: You may want your money back. The footage, shot 2 years ago, shows a bright young man with an abiding interest in science and a promising future—and nothing more. From all outward indications James Holmes (the shooter) was happy and well-adjusted. The network has exploited the incident for a second time, disseminating raw video that is full of neither sound nor fury and that signifies nothing.
Actually, there is one new piece of evidence in the network report that is noteworthy. Holmes “was one of six recipients of a Neuroscience Training Grant from the National Institutes of Health, which funds pre-thesis Ph.D. students in the neuroscience program at the Anschutz Medical Campus.” ABC doesn’t come out and suggest that the federal government stop funding higher education but not because such a suggestion would be inane. Rather, it is because “investing” in higher education is one of the president’s and the left’s pet initiatives. Never mind that the market is currently so oversaturated with doctors of philosophy that a mere 14% of Ph.D. recipients in biology and the life sciences can expect to land a teaching job within five years. Spending taxpayer money on education is still unqualifiedly good.
And guns are unqualifiedly bad. That extrapolation from the tragedy in Aurora comes not fromBrian Ross from another leading liberal voice, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.Bloomie almost simultaneous with the report of the massacre came out a statement of his own demanding that “the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about [the availability of guns], because this is obviously a problem across the country.”
As for Ross, Hans Bader of the Competitive Enterprise Institute reminds us that the ABC News veteran has a history of scaremongering. For a 2010 report on accelerator pedals sticking in certain models of Toyota, converting the vehicles to death traps, he received an Edward R. Murrow Award. It was only later that it was revealed that Ross had staged footage of a Toyota lunging out of control for his report.
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